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Hunter Who Helped Dentist Kill Cecil The Lion Speaks Out & Explains How ‘The Hunt Went Wrong From The Beginning’!

Walter Palmer became the world’s most despised dentist after he paid to kill Africa’s beloved lion Cecil earlier this month.

Now, the professional hunter who accompanied the dentist on the July 1 hunt is speaking out, and he says that “the hunt went wrong from the beginning!”

On Wednesday, Theo Bronkhorst gave a detailed account of the hunt to officials. The Bulawayo native is forbidden from continuing his hunting business which he’s run since 1992, and is devastated by the outrage directed at him for Cecil’s death.

[ Related: EXCLUSIVE! Lisa Vanderpump SLAMS Cecil The Lion's Killer ]

Though, Bronkhorst’s account of the hunt makes it sound like there was a lot of confusion surrounding Dr. Palmer’s trip. He explained:

“When Dr Palmer arrived in Bulawayo, his luggage was missing and I was dashing around looking for it. So we were late getting ready to go. And we were never meant to hunt on the land where this lion was shot. At the last minute I had to divert from a concession [hunting area] about eight miles away.”

Bronkhorst explained that, on the night of July 1, he was accompanied by his son and fellow hunter Zane, the client (Dr. Palmer), and an accompanying scout, saying:

“We set off quite late, with the sun down, and found the carcass of an elephant which we dragged and moved into the long grass and used for bait. We then established the ‘tree blind’ [a camouflaged hide made of tree branches and grass]. Once we were established, and it was quiet, we first saw a lioness go past. And then a huge male – Cecil – came into view behind her. He was a magnificent animal. The client then fired using a bow and arrow, and it went away into the long grass. This was about 10 pm.”

What they didn’t see was the collar on Cecil, because he had been tagged as part of a research project run by Oxford University. The four men returned to search for Cecil at dawn the next day, and they didn’t see the collar until after the lion was killed. He continues:

“We got there about 9am, and we found it and it was wounded, and the client then shot it, with his bow and arrow, and killed it. I could not have seen the collar at night. We would never shoot a collared animal. I was devastated, and so was the client, we were both upset, and I panicked and took it off and put it in a tree.”

After Cecil was beheaded and skinned, Palmer was already thinking about taking down more wildlife for his next trophy — this time, an elephant! Bronkhorst continued:

“The client asked if we would find him an elephant larger than 63 pounds, [the weight of one tusk] which is a very large elephant, but I told him I would not be able to find one so big, so the client left the next day.”

The hunter admits he should have taken the animal to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlfe Management Authority. He even revealed how he doesn’t enjoy his profession:

“I don’t want to shoot any animals. I do it because it is the only way I can earn a living.”

What do you think of the professional hunter’s claims?

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6 Tips for a Better Deadlift

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Instant Muscle: Farmers Walk

Farmer's Walk

Using a trap bar instead of dumbbells lets you go as heavy as possible.

How to Do the Farmer’s Walk

1. Stand inside the trap bar with feet hip width. Bend your hips and grasp the handles. Deadlift the bar off the floor.

2. Tighten your core and draw your shoulders back. Walk as quickly as you can. Go for time or distance.

QUICK TIP:  Don’t allow the bar to tip forward or backward in your hands. Squeeze it to keep it level.

Did You Know? You can turn the trap bar sideways so the loading pegs face in front of and behind you, which is helpful if you don’t have a wide lane to walk in.

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Free Audiobook – Heart of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness ($0.99 Kindle, $21.83 Audible), by Joseph Conrad, narrated by Seth D. Anderson, is this month’s free audiobook from (DRM-Free).

I’ve actually linked in a different audio edition from Audible, both because this exact free edition doesn’t exist there, but also because you can get the Dover Thrift Kindle edition linked here, then pick up the Audible Edition, which features a Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh, for another $0.99. Be sure to follow the link at the bottom of the post for the free edition.

Book Description
Heart of Darkness is a short novel that follows a voyage up the Congo River, deep into the heart of Africa. As narrated by the world-weary Marlow, this emotionally complex narrative focuses on a brilliant ivory trader named Kurtz and what happens to “civilized” men once they lose track of their moral compass.

Central to Conrad’s work is the idea that there is little difference between so-called civilized people and those described as savages; Heart of Darkness raises important questions about imperialism and racism.

About the Audible Edition
Prose that demands to be read aloud requires a special kind of narrator. For the Audible Signature Classics edition of Joseph Conrad’s atmospheric masterpiece, Heart of Darkness, we called upon four-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh.

Branagh’s performance is riveting because he reads as though he’s telling a ghost story by a campfire, capturing the story’s sense of claustrophobia, while hinting at the storyteller Marlow’s own creeping madness. Heart of Darkness follows Captain Marlow into the colonial Congo where he searches for a mysterious ivory trader, Kurtz, and discovers an evil that will haunt him forever.

With this landmark work, Conrad is credited with bringing the novel into the twentieth century; we think Branagh brings it into the twenty-first.

Stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors David Hyde Pierce, Leelee Sobieski, Tim Curry, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics.

Get the free audiobook from LearnOutLoud.


Old School Ass Kicker: Bill Goldberg

Old School Ass Kicker: Bill Goldberg

M&F: How are you training these days?
I train Muay Thai and lift weights three to six times a week. Today is the “hour of power,” an hour of throwing 100% power shots. You jab, right cross, hook, right cross, then kick.

When did you develop a passion for Muay Thai? 
In 1999, I sought out one-on-one Muay Thai training to prepare for wrestling in Japan. That started my love for the sport. 

Do you plan to compete in combat sports?
Glory kickboxing offered me a fight, but it was too soon. If Goldberg is going to fight, there has to be proper buildup. Don’t think I’m training this often if I don’t intend to fight. 

What’s the worst damage you’ve done with your finishing move, the Spear? 
I’d imagine a couple of knees were torn up—all unintentional. It’s just the nature of the beast. 

What’s your favorite moment in professional wrestling? 
After I beat Hulk Hogan in Atlanta for the title, my former Atlanta Falcons teammates came to see me. Seeing their enjoyment was really cool because I tried to emulate them in my rise to the NFL. They wanted to be me that night.

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